Monthly Archives: March 2013

Tracing Asus Xonar Essence One PCB

The first thing that we have to do before doing some mods activity is to find out who is where, why, and doing what. We can easily exclude when and how 😉 First, we need a AVO Meter. Any brand...
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Disassembly Asus Xonar Essence One

Don’t call me nuts as I think disassembling Asus Xonar Essence One shouldn’t be categorized as that 😉 I took 30 minutes, more or less, to disassembly this stuff. The hardest part was to remove the ‘glued’ heatsink. It was...
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QLS QA-660 Meets Lavry DA11, Lynx HiLo, and Bricasti M1

I got chance to try QLS QA-660 with even higher grade of DAC. We have 3 models here: Lavry DA11 (price around USD 1700), Lynx HiLo (around USD 2500), and Bricasti M1 (around USD 8500). I know that we have...
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AD825 and LM49720

AD825 has been my favorite opamp for quite some time. But seeing the new trend of LM49720, I think it’s gonna be a good idea to have a try. From my experience, AD825 should give a warmer sound with analogue...
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Asus Xonar Essence One Power Supply: Removing the Capacitors

Removing the capacitor from a through-hole PCB never become an easy job. But for the sake of modification, that is the only way and surely no way back. I spent nearly one hour to remove those 6 capacitors on the...
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Asus Xonar Essence One Power Supply

Still remember Asus Xonar Essence One DAC? It’s time to disassembly the power supply. It’s separated on small PCB. Good design as this makes my life more beautiful, although it’s not an easy job to disassemble it. It has 3 power supply...
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Testing the New ‘No Name’ Capacitor

I believe you still remember this one? I think it’s time to give a short review of it. As comparison, I will use Jensen 4-Pole capacitor as both has same capacitance (470 uF). Caveat: The Jensen 4-Pole has been used...
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No Name Yet…

Before your mind gone wild, let me give you a clue: This is not a film capacitor… Specially designed capacitor based on my ‘short’ experience testing a lot of capacitors. No name yet, until it passes the sound quality test...
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